7 Simple Ways to Conserve Water

Most of us are lucky to live in a society where clean, drinkable water is at our fingertips, so conserving the seemingly endless supply might not be our first priority. But when there’s a drought in California and water shortages across the world, saving as much water as we can should be on the top of all our lists. Here are 7 super simple ways to save more water.

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Think Twice Before You Exfoliate

Every day starts out the same. You wake up, get out of bed, and then head to the bathroom to get ready for the day. You brush your teeth and then wash your face with your regular face wash, but, wait–did you ever realize that you could be harming the environment?

Yes, I am serious! It’s not even 7am yet and the destruction has begun. It may be in your morning face wash: microbeads. They can be found in products such as Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Biore, Clearasil, and more. You may think they’re just nothing or don’t affect anything but—they do. These small microbeads are harming the environment more than we know it.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, “These are minute bits of plastic that have been inserted into everyday products from facial creams to toothpaste, proclaimed in advertising as a healthy advance but which are turbo-charging an already dire problem – the global pollution of oceans, lakes and rivers by cast-off plastic.” After you wash your face or brush your teeth, these microbeads are going down the drain. They are getting released into the environment, all ready broken down, and not filtered by the sewage systems. Microbeads are getting into the ocean, then fish and other sea life are consuming them. Now guess what happens? We eat those fish who are consuming the microbeads! Scientists still don’t know the potential dangers of consuming fish and other species with microbeads in their guts.

The surprising part is that facial scrubs that exfoliate aren’t even that beneficial to you because it breaks down your outer layer of skin that is important. According to Professor Greg Goodman, “Most science dermatologists don’t like exfoliation because the barrier functions of the skin get exfoliated and that’s a negative thing for your skin.” Bottom line is that we need to think twice before we exfoliate with facial washes containing these tiny plastic balls of harm. I don’t think any of you want to consume plastic!

Gardening is dirt therapy!

Gardening is a great way to save money, a fun way to spend an afternoon with your family, and you receive a tasty reward at the end! So why wouldn’t you want to start one?

To get started, you need to determine what you would like to grow. The best way to start off is small. Many new gardeners will plant more than they need because it’s so exciting, which results in wasting food and feeling overwhelmed by their garden.

Look at how many people in your family will be eating these vegetables. If you are wanting to grow vegetables such as carrots, radishes, and corn, they produce only once, meaning you’ll have to plant more of those. Tomatoes, peppers, and squash keep providing through the season, so you won’t have to plant as many!

Next is deciding where to plant your garden. Vegetable gardens starting off do not need a large area to grow, so I would start off small with pots or containers on a deck. Now it’s time to pick the perfect spot! To have a successful garden you need to look for these requirements:

Plenty of Water
The closer you plant your garden to a water source, the easier it’ll be for you to supply the garden with water!

Full Sun
Vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. But if you don’t have a spot that is in direct sunlight, you are still able to grow many leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.

Good Soil
Your garden will need moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter to thrive.

After finding the requirements, you are almost there!

Next, you need to plant the seeds in the soil of your garden. Then you just keep up with you plants by continuing to water them and pull the weeds away when needed. And remember to stop and smell the — well, whatever you are growing!

Happy gardening!

Source: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/vegetables/planning-your-first-vegetable-garden/

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